Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 113865
Reading partition table on some usb keys
Last modified: 2007-04-18 13:01:36 EDT
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Description of problem:
This might indicate some bug in the partition table reading code.
I have a cheap usb key (sandisk mini cruzer 128M - SDCZ2-128)
After buying the key, I noticed that it would cause
a kernel crash in mandrake but work under redhat.
Switched mandrake for redhat-9.
Lately, I updated to kernel 2.4.20-28. and
got the same crashes as Mandrake. I googled for
solutions and found a small message saying
that making two partitions sometimes helps.
I rebooted the old kernel, ran fdisk to create two
partitions instead of just one. Now my key seems to
work everywhere (mandrake, redhat including 2.4.20-28).
Question: is there a bug somewhere
in the partition table reading?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
I tried this using
- A fujitsu S4542 laptop running RH7.3 (P3m-600M)
- A dell precision 340 (P4-1.8G-Intel850) running RH8.0
- A shuttle SS51G (P4-2G-SIS651+962) [usb2]
1. Get a USB key Sandisk Mini Cruzer 128M (SDCZ2-128)
2. Plug with kernel 2.4.20-28. (kernel crash)
3. Plug with kernel 2.4.20-27. (works!)
4. Repartition with fdisk.
- one vfat partition with 249 cylinders
- one ext2 partition with 1 cylinder (512Kb)
5. Plug with kernel 2.4.20-28. (works now!)
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